These stars may not travel at the speed of light – but once they start moving, lives will be saved.

In the upcoming biking tour “The Tour of Hope” – the Philippines’ largest anti-cervical cancer biking tour spanning Manila to the Cordilleras, local celebrities have committed to the war against the fatal preventable cancer. And this 2010, prominent personalities are all geared up and raring to go, as they call on everyone to help defeat the disease by dedicating an amount equivalent to every distance the celebrities conquer with other bikers.

For three years in the running, the cycling tour has been able to raise more than one million in funds through sponsorships and pledges. And for this year, people are once more asked to pitch in their commitment against cervical cancer through the pledges they will donate for anti-cervical cancer efforts.

Faced with the threat of the deadly female disease that kills 12 Filipinas on a daily basis, “The Tour of Hope” was set up in 2008 by different individuals in their mission to spread cervical cancer awareness in the Philippines. A project of Bravehearts, a non-government organization whose thrust is widespread cervical cancer awareness, in cooperation with the Cervical Cancer Prevention (CECAP) Network Program, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, David’s Salon, and global pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the cycling tour has managed to attract people from all walks of life.

This year, the biking tour’s theme is “The Tour of Hope 360: Fighting Cervical Cancer in Full Circle ” – highlighting how the third tour marks the coverage of the whole Luzon area, from Northern to Southern Luzon. And just like the previous years, the tour will once again spread the message of cervical cancer awareness – like they have done in the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Quezon Provinces, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

To stop the human papilloma virus (HPV) – the cause of cervical cancer – from infecting women, an effective and relevant cervical cancer vaccine is necessary. GlaxoSmithKline’s cervical cancer vaccine provides significant protection for women against the two most common cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types (16 and 18) but also against 12 other cancer-causing HPV types which include HPV strain 45 – another strain which prevalently causes a more severe form of cervical cancer among Filipinas. Designed to last for both young and mature women, females from 10 years old onwards can be vaccinated using GSK’s cervical cancer vaccine. Modelling studies also reveal that it may provide protection for 20 - 50 years, without demonstrating the need for a booster shot or a 4th dose even after more than 7 years of vaccination.

Even if the spotlight is on the celebrities for this tour, everyone who heeds the call of support becomes a star - in the eyes of those who are saved from the grip of cervical cancer.

To know how you can pledge your commitment for "The Tour of Hope" and how you can help defeat this fatal female disease, please visit www.tourofhope.multiply.com or contact Ria Barretto of Creative Juice 0908.865.7245. Find out more about cervical cancer by visiting www.xoutcervicalcancer.com

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